After last weekend’s road course fireworks, the Camping World Truck Series heads back to familiar ground at Iowa Speedway, home of the Fan Appreciation Iowa 200 presented by New Holland. This weekend, Erik Jones joins Kyle Busch Motorsports regulars Joey Coulter and Darrell Wallace Jr., making his fourth start of the season for KBM.
Jones, driving the No. 51 ToyotaCare Toyota Tundra this weekend, has two previous starts at Iowa, a 2012 ARCA Racing Series start which ended in an 11th-place finish, and the July 2013 Truck Series event, where he came up just shy of the checkered flag with a runner-up finish. In his first three Truck Series starts, he has yet to finish outside the top 10.
“This will be my second time running at Iowa in a truck, but my third time on the track,” said Jones on the KBM website. “It’s a place I feel really comfortable at and after how well we performed there in July; I think we will have a solid Toyota Tundra right off the trailer. Rudy (Ryan Fugle, crew chief) and I have really started to bond and understand each other in such a short time. We were so close to the win last time, so we are going back determined.”
Coulter will be looking to rebound at Iowa after a disappointing 26th-place finish last weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Driving the No. 18 Darrell Gwynn Foundation Tundra this weekend, Coulter is hoping to start another run of good luck, similar to the run he had beginning with the Iowa race two months ago: his ninth-place run at Iowa in July led to two-straight fourth-place finishes at Eldora and Pocono.
“When people ask me what my favorite track to race on is, I always say Iowa Speedway,” said Coulter. “There are a lot of reasons why, but two are more important. One, the race track is the perfect size – it’s just big enough to really carry a lot of speed and give you the sensation of being on a large intermediate track, but at the same time the corners are short and banked enough to give you the feel of a short track. The racing that goes on during an event there is similar to that description as well - we are really going fast but racing as hard as we would and as close as we would if we were racing at Bristol or Martinsville. The other main reason that Iowa is my favorite is that the fans that go out to that track are probably some of the most enthusiastic and loyal that I have ever seen. People out there eat, sleep, and breathe all kinds of racing. It is hard not to like a track that has that kind of support from its fans.”
Wallace Jr., in the No. 54 ToyotaCare Tundra at Iowa, finished eighth in the July race at Iowa; he also finished in the top 10 in both of his Nationwide Series starts at the track.
“I love Iowa Speedway,” said Wallace Jr. “That place is really neat. We weren’t that great this year going in in the Truck race -- we we’re a mid-pack, 10th-place truck and that’s what we came out with, an eighth place. We salvaged what we had, so I’m looking forward to going back this weekend a little bit better and see if we can get our Toyota Tundra in victory lane.”
Qualifying for the Camping World Truck Series Fan Appreciation Iowa 200 takes place Saturday at 6:05 p.m. CT, with the race going green on Sunday at 1 p.m. CT. Keep up with the action at www.nascar.com and www.kylebuschmotorsports.com.
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